A Message to the Servants
Scripture not only calls us to serve but serve with right motives. After Jesus' encounter with the rich, young ruler, Peter's question seeks to distinguish himself and the other disciples, stating they had already given up all and followed Him, followed by "what shall we have?". Jesus detects some wrong motive in Peter's heart. Jesus assures him that anyone who gives up something will receive 100 fold in return along with eternal life. Make no mistake, serving Jesus and the Kingdom is always worth it.
We also looked at the passage from Matthew 20, showing the difference in 2 types of workers - 1. those who had a contract, and 2. those who trusted the owner was good and would rightly/adequately pay them for their labor. Why do we do what we do? Is it just for a return? (though this is a benefit) Or do we serve out of devotion to our King and trust He knows what is best for us and will provide us with all we need? God's ways are not our ways and often His way is contrary to how the world works.
- What are some indicators we are like the rich young ruler, Peter, or the contracted workers?
- Is there a moment or situation in your life when God ask you to give and you found him faithful to repay 100 fold?
- How does reminding ourselves of Jesus' attitude help us with our own attitude? We follow Christ. We follow his example.
“God your ways are not our ways. Help me to trust your word and that you are faithful to your Word. Even when things are not turning out the way I planned, let me see the bigger picture and what it means to be a true servant."
It can be hard to trust in the middle of the serving. Those workers working without a contract may have questioned their decision in the middle of the job, regardless the owner was faithful. Though the testimony of others and our own past experience, let us build our trust God and His ways.
Encourage those who may not currently see God returning on their investment of service. Remind them of all they have already received and will receive which is eternal life.